Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Nov 2008 21:22 UTC
Linux Even though there are a lot of happy people using Apple's iPhone very happily, there's also a group of people who are not so happy, most likely because of Apple's rather strict policies regarding applications and developers. While most of these people would just jailbreak the thing, some take it a step further - by installing another operating system. Yes, Linux now runs on the iPhone (1st gen/2nd gen, and the 1st gen iPod Touch).
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RE: What a strange thread
by apoclypse on Mon 1st Dec 2008 19:31 UTC in reply to "What a strange thread"
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I very much doubt that Apple will say or acknowledge this project. Just like they did with the osx86 project before Psystar came and fscked it up for everyone (not that it will stop anyone from making their own hackintoshes). Apple most likely doesn't care what you do to iPhone as long as you payed for it. They weren't doing all that much about Jailbroken devices in the beginning but had to do something because the community was basically using common security exploits that Apple had to plug in-order to gain enterprise aceptance and its still gets Jailbroken within days of official FW releases. Even Sony does a better job at locking down the PSP, and the only reason to get a PSP is to hack it (because there are no games for the device).

As long as someone is not selling iPhones with Linux installed (China I'm looking at you) I'm sure Apple will act like business as usual. They made the money off of you at the beginning if you bought an iPhone). Where they may get a little pushy is if someone ports the iPhone OS to another device. i'm ure they woudl rain down hell on that person if they tried to sell.

Apple knows that the enthusiast market will do its own thing, regardless of legality, and they know that the only people interested in going through the hassle of installing an alternative OS on a device with an already spectacular OS is not their target audience. They generally leave them alone. They didn't bother the pearpc folks and they didn't bother the osx86 folks so I don't think this will be an issue.

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